Cloud implementations come in all shapes and sizes. The Norwegian airport operator Avinor has decided to ditch its legacy systems and move to a cloud platform called ACUS, which is short for Airport Common Use Service.
The use of cloud within the aviation industry has received a tremendous amount of press over the years. In fact, in early 2014, CloudWedge published a story posing the question, “Could the Cloud Help Find Flight MH370?”
Aside from using the cloud to find missing aircraft, cloud can also be used to help streamline airport operations. In the case of Avinor, who owns and operates 46 airports in Norway, the cloud is being used to help reduce the costs of the IT infrastructure used to support day to day airport operations.
Avinor isn’t jumping head first into the cloud. Avinor mentions that it will first roll out it’s new cloud implementation to 8 of its 46 airports in order to test out the new ACUS system. Amadeus, the creator of the Airport Common Use Service, says that its SaaS solution will help process passengers from anywhere in the terminal.
Using either a traditional computer, a laptop or a mobile device, passengers can be processed anywhere within in Avinor airport and which helps them get from point A to point B that much faster. Amadeus’s cloud software for airports comes in handy during technical disruptions at the airport, which can sometimes cause delayed flights.
Avinor’s CIO Brede Nielsen says, “Switching to the cloud will help pave the road to this objective and change the traditional passenger-processing environment at airports for the better.”
Nielsen went on to say that by using Amadeus, Avinor could reduce its IT costs by up to 25%. Another positive impact of ACUS for airport operations is the fact that Avinor will reduce its CO2 emissions by 5,000 tons per year.